SCOTT BROWN has named Kieran Tierney as his perfect replacement as Celtic captain.

The 31-year-old midfielder is an admitted admirer of the 19-year-old left-back who has become a first team regular after coming through the ranks at Parkhead.

Brown has no intention of stepping down any time soon, but, looking to the future, he sees leadership qualities in his young team-mate.

He said: “I think Celtic fans would love KT to stay around and still be playing when I retire.

“He knows about winning games at Celtic Park and what it means for his friends and family. He would be the one for me.” 

Swedish international Mikael Lustig is the stand-in captain and led the side in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle while Stuart Armstrong has also worn the armband this season.

Brown and Tierney were given a rest during the stalemate, but are likely to return to face Kilmarnock tomorrow.

On the international front, Brown has admitted he is desperate to play for Scotland against England at Hampden in the crucial World Cup-tie on June 10.

He admitted: “My heart says I want to play, but my head says look out for your body.

“But the heart could rule it. I’ll need to chat with Gordon Strachan.” 

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